25 ways to De-Stress

Anyone else have those days where things don’t seem to go right? I mean who hasn’t slept through an alarm, or had their car defroster not work, just to find out you get to stay an extra hour and a half at work. Well that was my morning. Now, my schedule is constantly changing and I understand that shit happens and we just need to make the most of it. Today I got to do a 7:30-11 and then go back from 1-6. So, during this break of mine, rather than be upset about all the things that went wrong this morning and how stressful work was, I decided to change it. I can’t change the past but I can change the here and now. The first thing that came to my mind was to make a list of all the good things that had happened today.

  • I managed to stick a bagel in my pocket before running out the door.
  • I have an extremely short commute
  • I didn’t get into an accident although I couldn’t see clearly out my windows.
  • I got an extra hour and a half of work… money makes me happy.
  • I get this extended break to go home, let my pup out and have a decent lunch.

now that I’ve taken all the negatives and turned them into positives I’d like to share a few ideas that may help you de-stress as well.

  1. Take a deep breath, it’s gonna be okay
  2. Try some yoga, or if you’re like me and don’t know yoga just stretch
  3. Play with a pet
  4. Journal, blog, write it down in a diary. Get it out of your mind and onto some paper
  5. Use some oil diffusers, I’m literally using lavender in my dehumidifier right now
  6. Make yourself your favorite healthy snack so you can have as much as you want
  7. Make yourself your favorite drink, preferably nonalcoholic. Best not to start a bad habit there. So, example: hot cocoa, lemonade, tea, smoothie or milkshake
  8. Disconnect, turn off your phone or any other electronic devices
  9. Be active! Anything to get your blood pumping
  10. Get some fresh air, go for a walk or run if you’re into that. Heck, lay out in the sun and get some vitamin D
  11. Work in or visit a garden
  12. Craft away! I personally love to crochet
  13. Do a puzzle
  14. Read a book
  15. Watch a movie or tv show
  16. Cook a fabulous meal
  17. Talk it out, call a friend or family member. Even reach out to a professional if necessary
  18. Color in one of those stress-free coloring books
  19. Listen to some of your favorite music and start dancing!
  20. Cleaning, or house chores to keep your mind busy. Cleansing your house can cleanse your mind.
  21. Take a shower or a bath
  22. Volunteer somewhere
  23. Try something new: a sport, hobby, craft
  24. Make some lists of the things your thankful for, of the things you love, of the people who love you
  25. Make a list of dreams and steps to getting there